Top UFC Welterweight Contender Johny Hendricks Will Wait for Georges St-Pierre Title Shot


Johny Hendricks at UFC 141UFC welterweight champion Georges St-Pierre was recently cast to star in Marvel’s Captain America: The Winter Soldier as villain Batroc the Leaper.  The sequel to the 2011 blockbuster Captain America: The First Avenger is expected to hit theaters on April 4, 2014, with production wrapping up this fall.

Top UFC welterweight contender Johny Hendricks would like for the fight to happen in August, but will wait for his title shot until St-Pierre’s return.

“If he wants to do that, more power to him.  Now I have it.  Now I know I have that fight.  Nothing stands in my way between me and GSP.  That was my main concern right there, to make sure I’m the No. 1 contender and no one can steal that spot,” said Hendricks about the possibility of waiting until the fall or even winter to face the champion.

“It doesn’t bother me to know that I’d like to fight in August, but if it’s September I’m fine with that too,” Hendricks told Knockout Radio, an official MMAWeekly.com content partner.

If St-Pierre is unable to defend his title until the end of the year, Hendricks will not accept a fight before facing the titleholder.

“I’d say no way,” said Hendricks when asked whether he’d take another fight if offered.  “If he gets to wait, then I want to wait for him.”

St-Pierre’s last four fights have taken place in his home country of Canada.  Hendricks doesn’t care where the two fight as long as they do fight.

“Hey, I do not care, you know what I mean?  I don’t care where it’s at.  I just want a shot at that belt so bad I can almost taste it,” he said.  “Nothing else matters but getting that belt.”

Hendricks earned his title shot by defeating Carlos Condit at UFC 158: St-Pierre vs. Diaz on March 16.  In the second and third rounds, Hendricks put his wrestling ability on display, something that gets overlooked behind his one-punch knockout power.

St-Pierre utilizes his wrestling ability to dominate his opponents with top control, but Hendricks doesn’t think the champion will be able to do that to him.

“I wrestled Division I.  I was a national champion, but here in the MMA world people act like I don’t have wrestling,” said Hendricks. “One thing I think I did showcase is that my wrestling is just as strong, if not stronger, that GSP’s.”

We won’t know for sure whose MMA wrestling is superior until St-Pierre and Hendricks set foot in the Octagon together, but that is no longer a question of if, but when.

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